Where I live

So I recently moved back to my hometown, Bodø .

I’ll be honest. It’s not a pretty town. It got completely destroid during WW2 and was rebuilt in a haste.

But we are surrounded by beautiful mountains and nature.

Beautiful mountains on a grey day

I just came home from 10 days in Toronto, and I absolutely fell in love with the city. Coming home I went from seeing this…

… to seeing this

Instead of sitting around missing Toronto  I decided to go out armed with my camera and look for the charm in Bodø.

We put a glass ceiling over parts of the main street. Bodø is a windy city with lots of bad weather. "Men vi står han av."

Because of all the bad weather we flock outside whenever we can. It’s said about us north Norwegians that when other people bundle up and complain about low temperatures, we go and get the BBQ.

The market square. A few years back the politicians decided to deny all market sellers with carts to sell from the square, which left it somewhat empty. Art was put up, and when children decided to use it as a playground a rubber surface had to be put underneath it.

The market square from a different angle. Art has been added to one wall. In the background you can see the mall Koch... yes, it is pronounced like that. The mall doesn't look very nice.

Bodø is known for all the Sea Eagles who nest here. Just the other day I saw 8 of them sitting by the water. The town has its own Sea Egle club. The only criteria to join is that you've seen an eagle.

Random art.

My favourite café/pub Kafka. They have good deals on wine and beer, good food and many events. (http://www.facebook.com/kafekafka)

Strolling around at harbour you'll find these boats selling fresh shrimps. Get some loaf, mayo and white wine and you're all set for a delicious picnic.

New buildings with a post-war house inbetween

More art. Someone made lots of holes in rocks and put them on the pier. The strong Bodø wind was supposed to howl through the holes, but that has never happened.

The "holy rock" with a mountain backdrop.

From this angle and in this weather Bodø actually looks very pretty.

Well, that was Bodø for you.

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Drawing

I do enjoy drawing. I have made thousand of drawings ever since I could hold a pencil, and not only on paper. Tables, walls, cupboards, posters and fabric are amongst the things I have used as canvas.

In retrospect I wish I’d taken a photo of the drawings I’ve made, maybe I still have some stacked away next to my cassettes, russedress, old fashioned letters and old comics up in the attic. I’ll check and maybe post some.

Anyways, I always tell myself to draw more, but then my attenion span shifts and I forget about it. I did actually draw a few before Christmas, though. Tried making sequential art, starring the bear Brumm who has travelled all over the world with me. He’s a bad bear, btw.

I also made a thank-you-for-taking-me-to-Egypt-drawing to my cousins who own 7 cats and a dog.

I WILL draw more.! It’s just that there’s so much on that thing called the Internet which calls out to me whenever I have time to sit down. That and other hobbies I’ll write more about at one point.

Well, here it goes:

Here I go again…

Well, it’s been a while.

I can safely say that things have happened since the last time I blogged, but I’m not going to bore you with details. I’ll mention some of the big happenings, though!

First, as some of you might notice, I’m suddenly blogging in English. The reason for this is simple: I am moving to Canada and want to start practising my English writing skills. The moving to Canada part is one of the big happenings I’ll mention.

So, what has happened lately?

Well, I no longer live in Trondheim. That part is actually a bit sad since Trondheim is an excellent city with great people and beautiful surroundings.

Since I no longer live there, I also no longer study at NTNU – Norwegian university of science and technology, which is also a bit sad. I really miss my fellow students, Gengangere (the student union), riss (the student periodical) and «my» study room.

Sounds like I’m very sad, but I’m not! See how happy I am —> 😀

I study Comparative Literature, and when I finished my Bachelor’s degree (Bachelorette’s Degree?) I thought «why not go for my Master’s degree abroad?». Som sagt, så gjort (as said, as done in Norwenglish). I found a perfect program, applied and got in :D! (<— see how happy I am here too)

So, as of August 2011 I’ll be a Canwegian/Noradian living in St. Catharines, Ontario, studying comparative literature & arts at Brock University.

Other big happenings: I travelled around the UK for 5 weeks (met some great people) and went to Egypt for Christmas. I love travelling.

In the middle of this my beautiful mom was diagnosed with Wegener’s, or Wegener’s granulomatosis. It’s a serious and rare condition, but my mom has been very lucky: the only place she is affected is in the vessels of her nose. Still, she has to undergo chemotherapy and do the pill-cocktail-party every morning.

But my mom is a fighter, and even on her worst days she is positive, smiling and brave. The first time she forgot her cellphone in the fridge (the condition and/or the treatment makes her forget things), we didn’t know if it was ok to laugh. It was, and she is filled with gallows humor. The treatment  will most likely last for years, but we are positive that she’ll be cured.

I went to Toronto! Wow, I absolutely love that city.

Well, I think that’s enough for now.